BR Standard 7MT 'Britannia' pacific no. 70023 Venus in charge of an express to South Wales from Paddington passes Wooidley Bridge's down distants on the approach to Sonning Cutting. Adrian Vaughan has further defined the location as Woodley Bridge's Down DIstants with Twyford West behind the train. It is on a brick wall supported embankment and will in half a minute be passing onto ground level where the lane is level with the track and that place was know (curiously) as the 'Mollaseen'. It was named after a chicken farm on the far side of the embanked part of the line, out of sight in the fields below the embankment. Another viewer has stated that this spot was also popularly known as 'Land's End' after a pub a little way along the road to the south of the railway.
Note the brass rimmed handholds on the smoke deflectors which had been fitted at Swindon Works in 1956/57 with 70023 being the first to be so fitted.
[Mike Morant collection]
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